Schumer on U.S. Senate floor condemns ‘rank antisemitism’ amid Israel-Hamas war
The New York Democrat also made clear his comments weren’t meant to rebuke protesters for speaking out on behalf of civilians who have been under siege in Gaza or those who have legitimate criticisms about the Israeli government.
Congress nears another government shutdown deadline on Friday at midnight
Democratic leaders and President Joe Biden expressed some skepticism about House Republicans’ so-called “laddered” stopgap spending bill on Monday
U.S. House pushes through Israel-only aid bill with dim future in Senate
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday approved a $14.3 billion spending bill to aid Israel in its war against Hamas, but the measure stands no chance of passing the Senate and has elicited a veto threat from the White House. The 14-page bill, one of the first major tests for newly elected GOP Speaker […]
Fetterman will wear a suit in the Senate. Can we all move on now? Please?
For anyone who thought the furor over U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) wearing shorts and a hoodie on the Senate floor was eventually going to die down, well, you and I were both sorely mistaken. I steered away from writing about it here or covering it as “news” because it seemed like there were other, […]
‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war’: Zelenskyy asks Congress to help Ukraine
WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to reiterate the need for continued aid to support his country’s fight against the Russian invasion, even as the U.S. faces a partial government shutdown as soon as the end of the month. “If we don’t get the aid, […]
With two weeks until the money runs out, Congress grinds to halt on spending bills
Amid rising tensions and an approaching hard deadline, the U.S. House and Senate ended their work week on Thursday without a deal to fund the federal government past the end of the month.
National bill on voting standards pushed anew by Democrats in Congress
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Tuesday said they plan to again introduce a bill to set national voting standards in response to state legislatures passing strict voting laws. The bill, known in a previous Congress as the Freedom to Vote Act, would establish national standards for early voting, mail-in ballots and protection of poll workers […]
Biden, McCarthy say they have brokered a debt limit deal to avert U.S. default
McCarthy was expected to speak with members of the House Republican conference on a call later Saturday night.
U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema
U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday.
Here’s how broken Washington is: Democrats agreeing with each other is big news | John L. Micek
Our pugilistic politics are exhausting the voters — who rightfully expect better. But how to get there?
U.S. Senate Dems advance Medicare prescription drug negotiation plan
The proposal would allow Medicare to begin negotiating some prescription drug prices starting in 2023.
Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short
The Senate rejected a similar bill in February. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Republicans to defeat a procedural vote, 46-48.